Should my job tried to accommodate me before I was forced to quit due to a lack of restroom facilities?

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Should my job tried to accommodate me before I was forced to quit due to a lack of restroom facilities?

Female electrician working on highway
job. Had to quit due to port-o-potties
not always being available. Sent boss a
text regarding the issue and he just
said, o.k..

Asked on July 14, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If there were bathrooms designated only for men, not for a woman, then this would be an employment discrimination case: you did not receive something the male employees did and were treated worse than them. But if there were no bathrooms available for anyone, it is not discrimination: discrimination is treating you worse or differently than men, not holding you to the same conditions or treatment. If treated like the men, there is no discrimination. "Accommodation" is not an issue here--you accommodate a disability, but being female is not a disability.


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